De­fi­ant op­po­nent held

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Sput­nik

MOSCOW: Rus­sian po­lice de­tained op­po­si­tion fig­ure Alexey Navalny fol­low­ing his calls for sup­port­ers to take part in an unau­tho­rised rally, the Moscow Depart­ment of the In­te­rior Min­istry said yes­ter­day.

On Sun­day, Navalny said the rally au­tho­rised by Moscow author­i­ties on the Aca­demi­cian Sakharov Av­enue would be held on Tver­skaya Street in­stead.

Author­i­ties have clas­si­fied Navalny’s call as a provo­ca­tion.

Navalny’s wife said the op­po­si­tion fig­ure had been de­tained.

The depart­ment said pro­to­cols were to be drawn up due to Navalny’s re­peated vi­o­la­tion of pro­ce­dures.

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